For the Business of Football - Inside World Football Thu, 05 Mar 2015 23:57:18 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Exclusive: D'Hooghe "relieved" at being cleared, backs winter World Cup
Michel-DHooghe415By Andrew Warshaw, Chief Correspondent
March 5 - Michel d'Hooghe, FIFA's longest-standing executive committee member and head of its medical committee, has expressed his relief at being cleared of any misconduct in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and says he just wants to get on with what he has been doing for the last 27 years.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured FIFA News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:37:08 +0000
South America behind Blatter despite rivals' lobbying sepp-blatter-face-serious-fifa-presidency-challenge-lastBy Andrew Warshaw
Two of the contenders bidding for Sepp Blatter's crown as president of FIFA have come away from the Conmebol congress expressing optimism – yet still seem unlikely to be able to wrest South American support away from the veteran Swiss.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured World Football News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:34:35 +0000
Greek Super League suspension lifted – anti-violence measures to be implemented olympiakos-panathanaikos-violence-greece 3269055By Mark Baber
March 5 - Greece's deputy sports minister Stavros Kontonis confirmed Wednesday that the Super League will resume this weekend, with matches initially being played behind closed doors. The decision came after day long talks with Super League president Giorgos Borovilos and Hellenic Football Federation chief Giorgos Girtzikis on plans to tackle violence.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 11:56:09 +0000
Scotland joins Wales in saying 'no' to British Olympic team OlympicsDay5-MensFootball-GreatBritainvUruguayScotland have followed Wales in voicing their opposition to a combined British football team for the 2016 Rio Olympics as the dispute between the individual British associations intensifies.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:29:23 +0000 MLS to kick off on time after strike averted was8865865March 5 -Major League Soccer will kick off its 20th campaign as scheduled on Friday after a new collective bargaining agreement was finally put in place at the 11th hour to end the threat of a players' strike.]]> (Tom Parsons) Featured Football Americas World Football News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:48:20 +0000 Fulham and Arsenal fans top poll of Londoners' attitudes Arsenal fansBy David Owen
March 5 - A new YouGov poll suggests that football fans have a better reputation than is sometimes suggested - in London at least. The poll indicated that Londoners had a broadly positive impression of fans of all but three of the UK capital's top teams - West Ham, Chelsea and Millwall.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:56:04 +0000
David Owen: Three cheers to the FA for its Olympic ambitions I don't often say this, but three cheers to the Football Association (FA) for signalling its desire to continue sending teams to the Olympic football tournament. I just hope that at some point it becomes possible once again for a Great Britain Olympic squad to be genuinely British.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured David Owen Columnists Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:05:13 +0000 Ashley faces gallows as King set to return to Rangers throne RangersBy Paul Nicholson
March 5 - The bitter battle for control of Scottish giant Rangers took another twist today as shares in the company were suspended on the AIM stock exchange when Rangers' nominated advisor WH Ireland resigned the account.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:53:37 +0000
Martin Volkmar: When experts talk like dopes When it comes to serious doping allegations at the highest levels of the sport there has to transparency and the presentation of as much information as possible. Performances like that of the legendary Mehmet Scholl witnessed on German television this week are surely counterproductive.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Martin Volkmar Columnists Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:26:22 +0000 Kenya: FKF and KPL line up for court battle to the death Kenyan Premier LeagueBy Mark Baber
March 5 - The Football Federation of Kenya (FKF) initiated court case, attempting to put an end to the Kenyan Premier League and replace it with a League made up primarily of what were second tier clubs, looks certain to proceed on toady, despite a High Court Judge on Tuesday giving the two sides 48 hours to try and sort the matter amicably.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Africa World Football News Thu, 05 Mar 2015 00:01:57 +0000
Clubs soften on Winter 2022 after Rummenigge meets Blatter Karl-Heinz RummenniggeMarch 4 - Europe's leading clubs are reported to have softened their anger over the decision in principle to switch the 2022 World Cup to winter following a meeting between the head of the European Club Association and FIFA president Sepp Blatter.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Qatar 2022 World Cup News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:42:08 +0000 Webb sticks to his guns and fires up for new term as CONCACAF chief Jeffrey Webb7By Paul Nicholson
March 4 – Jeffrey Webb is set to be re-elected unopposed to the presidency of North and Central American and Caribbean confederation CONCACAF. The XXX Congress on April 16 will see one contested election with a battle for the FIFA Executive Committee post for the Central American region.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Concacaf News Football Americas World Football News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:45:22 +0000
Welsh unleash dragon's fury on duplicitous English manoeuvring Welsh dragonMarch 4 - England's demand for a combined British team at next year's Olympic Games in Rio has prompted a furious reaction from the head of Welsh football who says his country has been taken completely for granted.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:17:38 +0000 Debt crisis raises threat of relegation for Red Star Belgrade Red Star BelgradeBy Jaroslaw Adamowski
March 4 - Red Star Belgrade is being threatened with automatic relegation to the Serbian second tier as a result to its continuing financial woes. Sources close to the club's management say that such a decision could be taken by the country's football federation which is monitoring the situation at the club.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Europe World Football News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:06:34 +0000
Russians acknowledge they need to get tougher on racism Russia 2018 logo1By Andrew Warshaw
March 4 - One of Russia's leading football officials has admitted the country must eliminate the "virus" of racism before the 2018 World Cup. With so much focus on Qatar 2022, Russian organisers have managed to escape the same level of scrutiny but comments by FIFA president Sepp Blatter have forced them to concede that considerable effort needs to be made to tackle discrimination.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Russia 2018 World Cup News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:23:02 +0000
Man City take on Chelsea in battle for Japan's hearts, minds and money Yokohama F MarinosBy Paul Nicholson
March 3 - City Football Group (CFG), owners of English Premier League club Manchester City, have taken their next steps in Japan with the opening of a Tokyo office for its City Football Japan subsidiary.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Partnerships Football Marketing News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:54:45 +0000
AFC powerplay: Qatari looks set to lose out to Kuwaiti in bid for FIFA exco seat AFC logoBy Andrew Warshaw
March 3 - Qatar's hopes of securing a place at the top table of FIFA look set to be dashed for a second time as Asian football gears up for a powerful alliance between the region's two most influential officials.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Asia World Football News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:48:21 +0000
FIFA extend Boateng lifetime match-fixing ban worldwide Michael BoatengBy Mark Baber
March 4 - Michael Boateng (pictured), the former Crystal Palace youth player who was sentenced to jail for match-fixing last year, has had his lifetime ban from football extended worldwide by FIFA.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:23:28 +0000
Maxxis joins Scotiabank on CONCACAF Champions League roster maxxisMarch 4 – Traffic Sports has signed a new sponsor for the Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League. Maxxis joins the roster as Official Tire Sponsor for the competition which is now into its quarter final stages.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Sponsorship Football Marketing News Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:38:40 +0000 Van Praag promises 'normal'; more cash and more World Cup places Michael van Praag2By Andrew Warshaw
March 3 - Dutch FA chief Michael van Praag has become the latest FIFA presidential candidate to unveil his manifesto, parts of it perceptibly similar to that of the other European candidate vying for Sepp Blatter's crown, Luis Figo.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured FIFA News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:10:46 +0000
Liverpool end 7-year financial itch with £1m profit Liverpool FCBy Mark Baber
March 3 - Liverpool's annual accounts for the year ended 31 May 2014 show the club made a pre-tax profit of £900,000 - the first time the club has been in the black for seven years and the reward for a positive style of play, coming second in the Premier League, and the fruits of the Premier League broadcasting deal.]]> (Paul Nicholson) Featured Premier League News Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:53:40 +0000